“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
These words of Jesus are meant to be very personal but personal is different than private. This is the year in which my husband of nearly 63 years was killed in a tragic accident, and life continues despite the confusion of learning all the things I must now do alone, AND, life is still impacted by a relentless pandemic. The temptation has been to let grief lure me into believing that isolation must be like rest, right? Not so! Over this last year I have learned a “new” thing about the reality of grace. The less private I’ve allowed my awareness of grace at work in my life to become, the more personal it has become to me.
In this “New” Year of my life I am not relying on a New Year’s resolution, but on the revolution of recovery that Jesus offers me keeping company with Him and other people of faith. We can learn to live the “unforced rhythms of grace,” together, walking and working with Jesus, watching how He does life so we can make living “freely and lightly” both personal and possible. I hope you will join me in this New Year’s Revolution to “recover your life” and to “take a real rest.” Love, Shirle